Europe and the East: Renaissance to 19th century

Course Dates: 21/06/22 - 19/07/22
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Location: Online
An exploration of five centuries of trade and cultural exchange between the Islamic East and Europe, looking at their impacts on the arts, sciences, scholarship, taste and technology.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00

Course Code: VB890

Tue, day, 21 Jun - 19 Jul '22

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Covering early diplomatic missions and trade with the Empires of the East, to 18th and 19th century European scholarship and aesthetic interpretation of “The Orient”, this course examines the impact of the visual and intellectual culture of the Islamic East on the of Europe and vice versa.
This short daytime art history course offers a highly personal look at interpretations of design, decorative arts, and culture that were assimilated both in Europe and in the Islamic East in a two-way synergy.
We will look at the descriptive accounts of the earliest European diplomats and travellers to Persia and Central Asia, the products of Venetian interaction with craftsmen in Egypt and Syria, the influence of art and craft from Islamic Spain, the impact of the Dutch East Indies on 17th century artists, and the travels and drawings of French and British scholars and artists during the 19th century.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

• Stories of early travellers and diplomats.
• Exchange of ideas and technology.
• The impact on the craft industries and the decorative arts.
• Trade and its influence on popular taste.
• Impact on art and design in the 19th century.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Name three early European travellers or diplomats to the East.
• Describe an example of the exchange of ideas and technology between the Islamic world and Europe..
• Describe the impact Eastern exchange on two European craft industries.
• Name two designers of the 19th century whose work was influenced by Islamic art.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught with lecture, slide presentations and group discussions. Handouts will be provided by your tutor to support your learning on the course; these handouts will be available online/digitally for download, not printed out for you.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You might wish to purchase a notebook for taking notes. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list provided.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You might also be interested in our study day:
VB601 -Think like an artist: in early Mughal India.

Anita Chowdry

Anita Chowdry is a London based visual artist, educator and researcher. Her particular interest is in the arts of the Islamic World and South Asia, and the materials and processes that went into them. She has an M.A. in Art and Science from Central Saint Martin’s UAL, and is currently engaged in the codicological study of a group of 15th Century Turcoman manuscripts at the Bodleian Library, Oxford. Anita has over 30 years’ experience teaching art and process to adults and professional groups, covering major institutions in the UK and abroad.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.